Cracking concrete closes $60 million high school football stadium

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ALLEN, Tex. — Opulent by high school standards, Eagle Stadium had previously made headlines for the price tag it cost to build, $60 million. But this week the stadium is in the news for dubious reasons, it was closed on Thursday until further notice due to “extensive cracking” in concrete on the concourse level. The largest cracks are reported to be about three-quarters of an inch wide.

Affiliate KDAF reports that an independent review is ongoing and only 10 percent complete, but the known damage was enough to put padlocks on the gates. The repairs are believed to be expensive and not immediate, the Allen School District is already trying to figure out what to do for spring graduation ceremonies previously planned at the stadium.

While the construction firm that built the stadium is optimistic it can complete repairs in time for football season, the full extent of the damage won’t be known until June. Allen ISD Superintendent Beth Nicholas said at a news conference that some of the cracks were known before the stadium even opened, and as the problem got worse, safety became an issue.

“There is not imminent danger at this point, but during the review of this now that we’ve determined there may be issues with the design, we want to make sure of the safety of our students,” Nicholas said.

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